Sound the alarm! It's an hour to go until Sony's conference kicks off in Cologne. I know, right?
And that was Tuesday. Sony wrapped up the big conference day at Gamescom with a decent showing - Tearaway on PS4 looked great, as did Michel Ancel's new IP Wild, developed exclusively for PS4 with his new studio Wild Sheep. Oh, and there was something about DayZ coming to console as well. Find out what else is going on at Gamescom this week with our handy guide.
After Microsoft's fairly solid attempt earlier today, everyone wants to know how Sony will respond. There's one big question - untucked or tucked?
I've been doing a little research this afternoon and I have some theories of my own.
A man like Michael Denny is always, always going to tuck.
Shuhei Yoshida, while often a little more casual, also likes to tuck.
We've a wildcard, though, in Jim Ryan, who - as we saw in that unforgettable performance back in 2011 - thinks nothing of putting on a silky number and letting it all hang out.
I know we're often accused of favouritism here at Eurogamer, but, well... I'll come out and say it.
I'm a tucker myself. I think you reach a certain age where it's the only option.
Where are Sony going to stand tonight? And are we about to see another Microsoft 180 as its executives furiously stuff their shirts into their trousers?
Is Ian over with you, or is he still wandering around being touristy?
He's heading into the conference now!
Why Lewisham, anyway? I thought EG HQ was in Brighton.
Headquarters is in Brighton, and we have a London bureau in South East London that comprises of Ellie, Oli and myself (we all work remotely)
Will Bloodborne show today?
It's playable on the show floor - would be ace for those of us not fortunate enough to be in Cologne to see it in action.
what if gaben just walks up to stage and announces HL3 exclusive to PS4?!?!?! lol
What if in the Half-Life 3 demo there's Yu Suzuki, perfectly rendered in the Source 2 engine, who announces Shenmue 3!
A few of you have given us your predictions - so here's mine! There'll be no Last Guardian, of course, and I doubt there'll be anything on Uncharted 4.
Nothing on Shadow of the Beast, either - from what I understand, that was announced a little too early. I sometimes wonder if we'll ever even see it again.
What we will see! Media Molecule's new game. And loads more on Destiny.
is the quality going to improve? im on like 15fps
I'm getting Carly Rae Jepsen in 30fps, but I am watching on a Wii U where the frame-rate trounces anything on PS4 and XO, obv.
The problem with these conferences held at responsible times is it's far too early to drink. I'm on the rooibos now like the tough nut that I am.
Still got a pretty much full pack of those Petit Beurres, mind.
Mmm... Petit Beurres... Used to make cake with those and put sugary cream & jelly between each layer.
Wow, that sounds like the kind of thing that would only work when you're under the influence.
Hello everybody! I'm sitting in Sony's Gamescom conference audience WOO GO MAD etc. It's very blue in here and there are lots of trendy beards that I thought weren't trendy anymore?
Lol, sorry Robert, we all saw you say "lots of trendy bears" before you changed it.I'm rather disappointed you meant beards!
Trendy bears would have been so much better. I'm sad I had to change it!
It's very loud in here. Too loud for trendy bears as they exist in their natural habitat. And it's very blue. Too blue for trendy bears as they exist in their natural habitat. (And with that I'll take to Twitter.)
@Martin: Here, Petit Beurres cake: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9SmyqikXeeE/S_ZZYTtKsDI/AAAAAAAABN4/67h3ai1IDx4/s1600/IMG_0392.JPG
That link's not working. Repost it please! This is important!
Bear with us, a few technical difficulties here.
Right, after some difficulties with the stream we're up and running.
Well, I say difficulties - I think I killed my bandwidth looking at high-res pictures of petit beurre cakes.
I think there's a lot more people interested in this than perhaps was anticipated.
We're in with Bloodborne - unless this is an old trailer.
No it's not - legit new stream, legit start to the Sony conference. IT'S HAPPENING.
This is in-game stuff we're seeing.
(I saw it running at Gamescom and it looks splendid. The frame-rate wasn't quite this solid back then, mind)
Ha, no - we haven't started.
It was just another trailer. What a twist!
Oh wow - I'm hearing from my secret sources (Bertie) that Jim Ryan is up first. I can't contain myself, which is unfortunate for Oli who's sitting next to me.
A sizzle reel, doing some sizzling. Usual suspects are in there - Uncharted 4, No Man's Sky, Rapture.
The first big question will be answered in mere seconds when Jim Ryan takes the stage.
Not just the first big question - THE big question.
Can't see anything, then I get a timed out message!
Suffered the same problem then reloaded and it worked. The stream was provided to us by Sony, and I think they're being slammed.
It's Jim Ryan! JIM RYAN! He's walking on the stage and...
He's tucked. He's tucked everyone!
Actually quite a reserved look from Jim - the flair of Gamescom 2011 seems like a lifetime away.
10 million PS4s sold globally - and that's sold through. Quite a number.
Is Andrew tucked?
Can anyone confirm if he's tucked? Oli thinks he was.
A more eclectic mix of games being offered. And that's starting with Q Games and Dylan Cuthbert.
It's not another PixelJunk title (and as much as I like them, thank god). It's a 3D experience.
It's... It's... It's odd.
A Russian choir soundtracking quirky scenes starring a little girl. Who now has a jetpack. It's called The Tomorrow Children.
I'd love to know what we just watched, but it's straight onto the next game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Who are The Astronauts?
It includes Adrian Chmielarz, formerly of Bulletstorm dev People Can Fly.
Mike Bithell now in what's possibly his first time on stage at a conference. Nice one Mike! He's here no doubt to talk about his new game Volume.
Volume is coming first to PS4 and Vita next year.
Ruffian, the Crackdown 2 developer's new game - which is a bit like Shadow Complex.
That's no bad thing, of course - it's been far too long since the last Shadow Complex. It's called Hollowpoint.
Dean Hall next. Wait, what?
I have no idea what this could be about. Well, maybe I do.
Get to the point, Dean. Is DayZ coming to PS4, and if so, when?
Hmm, is this a BioShock on Vita moment - and someone just paying lip service to the PS4?
So, there's a PS4 edition of DayZ inbound. Would love to know more, but I guess that's all to come.
This looks new - could it be Ninja Theory's new game?
Yarp - looks a little like Heavenly Sword too.
Hellblade is the title. Was that Nariko?
Rime up next.
Which looks beautiful - though I'm also reminded that Deadlight also looked ace and was, well, not amazing.
Obvious Ico influences, which is kind of standard. The animation looks wonderful, as does the art.
Ooh, a snowboarding game? How very 1999! Here's a round-up of independent games coming to PS4, including Papers, Please.
Dreamfall Chapters, too - which is, apparently, 'Only on PlayStation 4'.
Rime and The Tomorrow Children exclusive, the rest all coming first to PS4.
Eric the ham burglar for Destiny's little portion of the show. Tucked.
There's exclusive Destiny PS4 stuff - much of which we knew about already.
It's the most pre-ordered new IP in history, says a shop.
Jonty Barnes, who I admit I'd never heard of before. He is a European!
The Crucible details inbound.
World premiere of multiplayer trailer. Aren't you the lucky ones?
Yup, it still looks very much like the game we all played last month.
New modes are being introduced, mind.
I just really want to hear the McCartney song now. That's the one big mystery left.
It's okay Jonty! It's over now. I don't envy these people who have to go up on stage.
Anyway, expansion The Dark Below is out in December.
Far Cry 4 time, and a look at the open world.
Has anyone told you you can ride elephants in Far Cry 4? you totally can.
I didn't see the MS conference, but this is boring. No excitement.
In fairness, if you've come to a corporate conference for excitement, you've probably come to the wrong place.
Shadow of Mordor, which I've heard is actually pretty decent.
One detail from Far Cry 4 - it's only two hours of co-op for those who don't own the game. Which they perhaps should have made clearer when announcing the feature at E3.
Hideo Kojima - the man, the legend! - is next up. He's wearing a waistcoat with jeans, which kind of makes the whole tucked/untucked thing insignificant.
The cardboard box has been updated!
I'm at the point now in my life where looking at the features of a virtual cardboard box genuinely excites me.
This all makes perfect sense.
Er. I'm actually speechless.
So, is this the Until Dawn reboot?
No! Ignore me! It's something else entirely.
P.T, it's called. There's an interactive teaser you can download on PS4 now.
Share Play - a feature that I'm sure was announced at the very first reveal of the PS4 - is being detailed.
Right, so you can play a game together with your friend and... UH-OH. The feed just died.
Phew, it's back. I've never been more relieved to see Jim Ryan's face.
PlayStation Now is coming to Europe in 2015, starting in the UK - nothing more concrete on that for now.
Apologies for the stream problems.
We're back now, anyway, and Denny strolls on stage. Very, very firmly tucked.
Until Dawn is being rebuilt for PS4, and without the Move controller, it seems.
Those who saw it first time round will likely tell you it was a good idea to shelve this one when it was on PS3.
It's a schlocky horror game, where you have some bearing on who in your group dies and who survives.
DriveClub. I AM ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN THIS.
It's nice that it gets some stage time after being passed over at E3 as well.
Social features are being detailed. It's the core of DriveClub, of course.
It does look good - and I really have enjoyed my time with it. But, well - Forza Horizon 2 just looks absolutely splendid. The delay's been good for DriveClub, but I fear it's in danger of being smothered by Playground's game.
They're showing the weather off using a free-roaming camera, which suggests a photo mode - it's not actually something that will be available at launch.
Neither will the weather, by the way - it's post-release. Sorry to rain on the parade (sorry for the bad pun, also).
By my reckoning we have about 30 minutes left of this. Media Molecule's next, and Tearaway's Rex Crowle is up on stage.
Tearaway news, obviously. Is it coming to PS4?
YES IT IS.
Designed around the DualShock 4 - and they've found a use for the light bar!
The touch pad enables the trampolines, you can catch objects and rattle them about your controller. And you can place Rex in an echo chamber too, apparently.
So yes, Tearaway on PS4. It looks rather good!
A new IP, and a brand new game.
A man's head just did an explode. It's a twin-stick shooter that looks like a violent, futuristic Dead Nation.
Called Alienation - so clearly a follow-up in some way to Dead Nation. Lots of things flying around the screen, as you'd expect from Housemarque.
(Who are Wild Sheep?)
Ah, it's Michel Ancel's new studio!
It's a PS4 exclusive.
It's also probably not Beyond Good & Evil 2.
I like his tshirt.
Me too! He's allowed to go untucked with a shirt like that.
I'm getting From Dust vibes from this. They're the best vibes.
Man, those French clearly love chewing their peyote when they're brainstorming new games.
Wild - who needs Beyond Good & Evil 2 when that's inbound?
where the fuck is uncharted 4?
There's an emphasis on European devs at Gamescom, understandably.
Well, I enjoyed that - no high drama, but lots of really interesting games.
Martin, what was so weird about Wild that you though of chewing peyote? Must be very mild one you're doing.
Big pan lady in tree spun my head a little bit. I'll have some of what you're having next time please.
so no Guerilla, Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Quantic Dream. I was expecting at least one huge announcement. Oh well!
Guerrilla would have been nice. Guess it's too early.
With that we're wrapping up. Hope you've enjoyed today - we're back tomorrow morning for EA's briefing. Tara!